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Twenty-four hour tennis marathon in North Elmham

18:14 20 July 2014

At the start of their 24 hour tennisathon are (from left) Shaun Bradshaw, Stewart Biggie, James Cane and Dicki Patrick. Picture: Ian Burt

At the start of their 24 hour tennisathon are (from left) Shaun Bradshaw, Stewart Biggie, James Cane and Dicki Patrick. Picture: Ian Burt

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Four men served up a treat as they fought through rain and shine to raise £3,000 for a cancer charity.

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Four men served up a treat as they fought through rain and shine to raise £3,000 for a cancer charity.

James Cane, Stewart Biggie, Shaun Bradshaw and Dicki Patrick played 330 and a half continuous games of tennis over 24 hours in aid of the Big C.

The challenge began in the sun at midday on Saturday and saw the players battle on during thunderstorms at North Elmham Tennis Club.

Mr Cane, 26, head coach at North Elmham Tennis Club, said: “It was hard work, very hard work.

“I don’t think you can understand how difficult it is until you do it.

“We had rain and thunderstorms and we played through it all.

“Everybody has been fantastic, the courts have been full all through the night with people supporting us and we couldn’t have done it without them.

“The support from North Elmham Tennis Club has been amazing.”

The players were on court constantly throughout the day although there was the opportunity for one of the team to rest while the others continued.

Mr Crane added: “Stewart and Dicki were on the whole time.

“The guys have been incredible.

“The standard of tennis has been good throughout as well, the pace has been pretty quick.

“I am going to go home and go to bed now.”

This was not the first time the challenge had been completed at North Elmham after Mr Crane organised the a similar challenge two years ago.

Like this year the players also got caught up in a thunderstorm in 2012.

This time a variety of events including a barbecue and family day took place on the Saturday to help raise even more money.

Visitors could try their hand with ball machines and a speed of serve machine.

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